Our Garden Rangers deliver our interdisciplinary garden-based education program that allows students to learn in a wonderful outdoor classroom- the garden! Our program offers students six introductory lessons about their school garden. Our program schedule allows all students in K-12 to visit the garden throughout the year. Students learn about the rules in the garden and develop their own, fun garden names. They also explore the garden and help it grow by planting new seedlings. Students learn about the different soil types and which type is in their school garden. Students explore the beneficial and harmful insects that live in their school garden. Climate and Seasons: Students explore the Los Angeles’ ecosystem and the types of weather conditions that different plants prefer. Students learn about the anatomy of a plant and learn to identify which part of the plant we commonly eat. Students work together to harvest and prepare food from the garden. The students care for and maintain the garden. This is the ultimate lesson. They can control the space through their efforts. Our Rangers blog about their work every week. Here are the latest.

Spring Flowers and Compost Powers!

Spring Flowers and Compost Powers!

According to my itchy eyes and runny nose, spring is blooming all around us!  Sometimes these magnificent blooms go unnoticed because they are isolated on a plant.  However, when gathered into one place they can be quite impressive! All the flowers around me tempted me into picking bouquets with the kids.  My special needs class…

Herbs & Compost

Herbs & Compost

What are herbs? How do we use them? Students enjoyed the garden with their sense of smell, touch and vision while looking for herbs to match the one on their paper. After their lesson on herbs and their use for cooking, medicine, beauty supplies and much more; students wrote the name of the five herbs…

Green mulch, carrots, and 3 sisters

Green mulch, carrots, and 3 sisters

Today we chopped up some old, flowering mustard plants as green mulch and then added new soil on top. In a few weeks we will plant here. We had carrots, lettuce, and garlic as a snack. It was super cool to see the 3 sisters all popping up out of the soil.

Harvest hunt at Atwater Ave

This week at Atwater Ave, the students got a chance to show off their gardening chops with a garden scavenger hunt! The students were challenged to use their senses and observational skills to find different things in the garden. Many of these were from different lessons we’d had together- root types, learning about seedlings, and…

Seeds and Seedslings!

Seeds and Seedslings!

Students had their lesson about seeds. They conducted observations by comparing different size of seeds, color and shape. The class also made seedlings of warm season vegetables and flowers.. all these in preparation of Spring and Summer garden.

Watching the Garden Battle

Watching the Garden Battle

This week at Dayton Heights, we learned all about the little guys in the garden.  The pests, predators and pollinators that is.  The kids knew a lot about insects in the garden but learned a lot as well.   We went through quite a few more common creatures and then played freeze tag, acting out…

Seed Embryos at Rio Vista

Seed Embryos at Rio Vista

Today I had the pleasure of teaching garden classes at Rio Vista Elementary School garden.  It truly is a gorgeous place to be- so many fruit trees, garden benches, flourishing vegetable beds, and shade structures.  All nestled between a public park, the Los Angeles River and Rio Vista Elementary School.  What a treat!    …

Pollination, golden beets, and spider vs mosquito

Pollination, golden beets, and spider vs mosquito

Today we learned about pollination. We observed the plants that pollinators love, like flowering brassicae and lavender. We snacked on a massive golden beet! There was also a large jumping spider that was eating a mosquito.

What’s new? at Carson Gore

What’s new? at Carson Gore

Today a new set of classes started their 6 week session in the garden.  We went over garden rules, the most important being to respect all living things in our garden.  The students spent time exploring the garden and recording what they observed with their five senses.  At the end of class we tasted yummy cabbage…

Edible Plant Parts at Carson Gore

Edible Plant Parts at Carson Gore

Today students learned about the different parts of plants and their function. They learned that not all parts of a plant are edible and which parts were okay to eat.  We split up into groups and went on a garden scavenger hunt for plants that had edible roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, or stems. At the end…

Flowers and Bees

Flowers and Bees

Glenfeliz students learned three important parts of a flower – the petal, stamen and pistil. They learned that the stamen makes pollen and the pistil makes seeds. We also talked about how bees are attracted to flowers with bright petals and fragrant nectar, and they help to transfer pollen from the stamen to the pistil….

Are Tomatoes and Basil good companions?

Are Tomatoes and Basil good companions?

Last Wednesday on March 22nd, we learned about companion planting, which plants can be buddies in the garden and which ones wouldn’t be buddies. We started off with the three sisters, which are, corn, beans and squash. If they are all planted together, they are good companions and actually benefit each other in some way….

The 1st day at Clifford Elementary!

The 1st day at Clifford Elementary!

March 21st was my first day at Clifford! As I will be taking over for Ranger Ashley for the rest of the year. It sure was a rainy morning, which did keep one class inside, but at least the rest of the classes got to go out to the garden. It was the start of…

Clover Bombs for St. Patty’s Day at Juan Cabrillo

Clover Bombs for St. Patty’s Day at Juan Cabrillo

In lieu of Saint Patrick’s Day, the kids at Juan Cabrillo wore green shirts and golden hats and paraded happily around the school. Teachers enjoyed an Irish-themed lunch in the lounge. And during garden classes, we made seed bombs filled with clover seeds! Our classes were a little cut short because of the festivities. But…

Leaf Printing Cards at Mt Washington

Leaf Printing Cards at Mt Washington

In celebration of Valentines Day we each wrote our own love letters to nature. Each of the students designed a card made by leaf printing different found objects in the garden and wrote a beautiful note to their most beloved part about nature. There were a range of subjects. Some children wrote to the Earth,…